What is the Difference between adverbs of time and frequency?
- Remember that adverbs change the meaning of verbs in sentences.
- An adverb phrase or adverb (adverbial) clause gives us information about the verb such as how, when, where, and how often something happens.
- An adverb or adverbial phrase is one or more words that change the verb in a sentence.
- There are 3 main types of adverbial phrases: time, place, and frequency (how often something happens).
6 Examples of Adverb (Adverbial) Phrases of Time
Some common examples of adverbial phrases of time, their meanings, and phrase functions:
|today||the day before yesterday|
|tomorrow||the day after tomorrow|
|the other day||during the winter|
|this week / this month / this year||over the summer|
|next week / next month / next year||in the springtime|
|last week / last month / last year||very late|
6 Examples of Adverb (Adverbial) Phrases of Place
Some examples of adverb phrases of place:
|here||down||through the looking glass|
|there||up||around the bend|
|back||up front||over the moon|
|near the (place)||away from||under the sea|
|around the corner||in the box||over the rainbow|
|out in the street||side by side||by the light of the silvery moon|
6 Examples of Adverb (Adverbial) Phrases of Frequency and Degree
Some examples of adverbial phrases of frequency (or adverbs of degree), in order of most frequent to least frequent:
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How do I use adverbial phrases and what is the order of words?
An adverbial phrase usually comes after the main verb or object, or at the end of the sentence:
|Noun||Main Verb||Adverbial Phrases|
|I||worked very hard||last week. (Time)|
|She / he||lives||right over there. (Place)|
|It||happens||again and again. (Frequency)|
However, there are always exceptions:
Adverbial phrases of time can also appear in front of the noun when we want to emphasize the adverb.
|Adverbial Phrase of Time||Noun||Verb|
|Later this week,||the Queen||will visit Balmoral Castle.|
|Until recently||the telephone||was used only for verbal communication.|
|Suddenly,||the cat||dashed up the tree.|
Adverbials of frequency are usually placed between the noun and the verb or adverb:
|Noun||Adverbial clause of Frequency||
|I/You||often||stop here for a cup of tea.|
|He/She||usually||arrives on time.|
|It||almost always||rains if I forget my umbrella.|
|We/They||never||ate Frey pie again.|
They also appear at the end of a sentence:
|Adverbial Phrase of Frequency|
|I/You||stop here for a cup of tea||often.|
|He/She||drives to the country||every weekend.|
|It||starts at noon sharp||on Tuesdays.|
|We/They||will not stay||for very long.|
And adverbials of place usually appear at the end of a sentence:
|Adverbial Phrase of Place|
|He/She||sleeps||over there by the fire|
|It||stands||on the spot where the old tavern was.|
|We/They||sat||at the back of the church.|
Sometimes, in creative writing and music lyrics, the adverbial of place can begin a sentence:
|Adverbial Phrase of Place|
|Outside,||snow is glistening in the lane, are you listening?|
|Down in||the boondocks …|
|Here||comes the sun|
|Upstairs, at the end of the hall,||there is a room where no one goes.|